Old Dartmouth Lyceum
The Old Dartmouth Lyceum lecture series seeks to illuminate broader historical themes with fine and decorative arts. The Lyceum examines significant holdings in the Museum collection, including 19th century landscape painting within the context of the collection, and provides a forum for discussion of other decorative arts including ceramics and glassware. In 2013, The Old Dartmouth Lyceum lecture series focused around the exhibit Arctic Visions: "Away then Floats the Ice-Island".
Lectures were held on Thursdays in 2013, September 19th, October 3rd, October 24th and November 14th with receptions in the Jacobs Family Gallery at 6:00 pm. Lectures in the Cook Memorial Theater began at 7:00 pm.
$15.00 per lecture (non-members, $20)
$50.00 for series (non-members, $75)
September 19th, Russell Potter, Frozen Zones: Bradford, Arctic Photography and 19th Century Visual Culture
Mr. Potter teaches English and Media Studies at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. His work encompasses hip hop culture, popular music, and the history of exploration of the Arctic in the nineteenth century.
When the artist William Bradford chartered a voyage to the Arctic purely for the purposes of art -- including photographers -- he was revolutionizing both the scope and the immediacy of photography, bringing back a rich array of images, the first ever taken of Arctic by professional photographers. These photos he put to many uses -- projected as lantern slide lectures, printed and used as view-books for painting commissions, and -- most magnificently -- as illustrations for the groundbreaking book The Arctic Regions.
October 3rd, Kevin Avery, Sea of Ice: The Art of Arctic Exploration
Mr. Avery is a senior research scholar and a former associate curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an adjunct professor in the art department of Hunter College, City University of New York.
He will review the history of Arctic exploration in painting and illustration, with special reference to nineteenth-century artists and illustrators leading up to Frederic Church and New Bedford’s William Bradford. Dr. Avery will reveal known or probable sources in the history of western imagery applied to the visualization of the alien landscape that was and, to most, still is the Arctic regions.
October 24th, Douglas Wamsley, William Bradford's 1869 Expedition, in Context with Arctic Travels of the 19th Century
Mr. Wamsley, an independent scholar and attorney who has written extensively on the history of 19th century Arctic exploration. His most recent work is a biography, Polar Hayes, on the life and accomplishments of Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes, a participant in Bradford’s 1869 Greenland voyage.
In 1869, a sailing excursion along the northwest coast of Greenland was not a venture to be taken lightly. However, William Bradford’s voyage ably succeeded in navigating those ice-laden waters that year, while at the same time capturing vivid images of the “Frozen Zone”. This lecture recounts the history of that memorable expedition and its proper place in the broader context of 19th century arctic travels.
November 14th, Kenn Harper, Inuit and Whaling in the Bradford Era
Mr. Harper is a historian, linguist and writer, who has lived in the Arctic (both Greenland and Canada) for the past 47 years. He writes a weekly history column under the name Taissumani for Nunatsiaq News, the newspaper of record for Nunavut, Canada, and is the author of Give Me My Father’s Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo.
He will speak on the whaling industry and the profound effect on the culture of Inuit in both Canada and Greenland. He will examine this impact, its effect on Inuit life, and Inuit adaptation to the stresses and demands of change and recount episodes from the lives of particular Inuit who used the whaling industry to their own advantage.
Old Dartmouth Lyceum was sponsored by Nye Lubricants and Bruce and Karen Wilburn in 2013.
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